Microsoft held this year’s EMEA Project Partner Forum in Amsterdam on the 9th and 10th September, taking the opportunity to communicate the IT giant’s latest developments and recognise the successes of partners in the region. Among this year’s winners, we were presented the award for ‘Best New Cloud Customer’ by Sajan Parihar – Microsoft Director of Product Management – for our work with the design and construction firm Arup.
Partners arrived in the Dutch capital to hear about the future of Microsoft’s most popular Project Management tools, network with peers, and gain invaluable insights into the future of PPM. At the Netherlands headquarters at Schiphol, the conference heard from various Microsoft leaders. Compelling business success stories surrounding Microsoft’s range of PPM offerings underscored the value of appropriately deployed Project Management technology.
Microsoft highlighted the innovative and professional deployment of Project Online in our work with Arup. View all the details of our combined strategy in their Microsoft Customer Story.
Arup is an international firm with global offices and colleagues collaborating on a wide portfolio of projects. They therefore required a method of getting colleagues in different locations onto ‘the same page’. With a diverse portfolio, distributed offices and mobile field staff. Carolyn Bundey, Manager of Arup’s Global IT Portfolio Management office, said they felt a pressing need for IT systems that are “modern, stable, and available at all times. Employees have to be able to access information anytime, anywhere”. In order to achieve project success, a cloud based approach offered the flexibility that the firm needed.
Having assessed Arup’s requirements, our specialists went about implementing Microsoft Project Online across the business. Recognising their client’s need for round-the-clock access to project data, a cloud based platform stood out as the most appropriate solution. So, our expert consultants drew on their Microsoft Gold competency in PPM to configure the platform with the needs of Arup’s employees worldwide.
Our deployment confirms the validity of Microsoft’s mobile first, cloud first approach. As Ms. Bundey emphasises:
“…our strategy is cloud first wherever possible. With an online project management solution, we can report on projects using live data with a system that ties into other processes, such as service and change management.”
This is particularly useful for a firm like Arup. With consultants working on multiple projects in diverse locations, having instant access to the most current project information, being able to view where resources are in real time and visualising bottlenecks helps the firm avoid inefficiencies and delays.
A key component of our approach is tailored customer service; their consultants trained Arup employees to take full advantage of Project Online’s capabilities, while providing advice and guidance on how best to use the new platform. Going further, they also offered a customised Project and Program Status Reporting solution for Arup’s cloud platform. Configuring Microsoft’s technology with Arup’s specific needs meant we were able to provide the most appropriate and well suited solution.
More around the corner
We’re delighted to have received Microsoft’s recognition of our work with Arup – it comes at a time of significant growth for us as we expand our services in project and resource management. We have a very busy schedule to look forward to in the coming months, with upcoming events including Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, from the 30th November until the 2nd December.